Will Ferrell’s new comedy video site, Funny or Die, is tearing up the charts. Funny or Die is designed to act as a sieve: poorly rated videos ‘die’ and highly rated videos survive. The goal is to end up with a site filled with genuinely funny content. The concept is nothing new, but the site does have a niche focus and a big name behind it. It’s unfortunate that it’s so hideously designed — the graphics are atrocious and the layout is bloated.
Funny or Die‘s rapid rise in popularity can be attributed to its featured short, The Landlord, a hilarious video featuring Will Ferrell. Some of the other videos on the site are funny, but I could only stand to watch for a few minutes before the design made me feel sick. Now if Will Ferrell started a videoblog, that’s something I could get behind.